- Actors: Wendell Burton, Michael Greer, Zooey Hall, Danny Freedman, Larry Perkins
- Directors: Harvey Hart, Jules Schwerin
- Writers: John Herbert
- Producers: Donald Ginsberg, Lester Persky, Lewis M. Allen
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: MGM (Warner)
- VHS Release Date: December 11, 1992
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302593352
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Fortune and Men's Eyes [VHS]
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(Dec 11, 1992)
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I liked the movie. Firstly, Ronnie Dyson did a wonderful singing job on the tile song. Just beautiful. The movie moved well and was never boring. One kind of sits on the edge of one's seat expecting the next explosive scene. The movie was well-shot, especially in those tiny cells. Wendell Burton was properly boy next door, Danny Freedman was sympathetic as a passed-around-for-sex gay boy and Zooey Hall played his part well, but I wasn't convinced with that haircut.
The other actors, especially Lázaro Pérez as "Catso" and and Larry Perkins as "Screwdriver" were very convincing. Michael Greer was completely outrageous as "Queenie" and all but stole the movie.
The gang rape of one young man sent chills down my spine, but when "Smitty" (Burton) was raped, it was graphic, but tastefully filmed. I own the VHS, but would love to have this and "Boys In The Band" on DVD.
I enjoyed it.
In France the play was called "Hommes" and was very successful, in a period marked with the 1968 Paris riots. Jean Genet went to the premiere. Would he have liked it? Well... the movie is not nearly as beautiful and poetic as his own "Un Chant D'Amour", yet, as the sole film version of John Herbert's landmark gay-themed play, it deserves better fate today than just this VHS format. DVD now please!!!! It might make an interesting (digital) coupling with another neglected rarity: "Who Killed Teddy Bear", starring Sal Mineo in outrageous homoerotic style. Sal incidentally, produced a Los Angeles staging of Fortune in 1971... starring young (Miami Vice) Don Johnson as Smitty. So there...
I believe that this film and the "Oz" series draw attention to this terrible situation and unfortunately do not draw many resolutions. Although there are a number of significant scenes which we can appreciate… Michael Greer is who most of us are waiting for with his catty, clever observations and vicious repartee... Our loss that this talented artist was blacklisted for his sexual orientation as he was one of the first major film stars to be openly gay… Much to his disadvantage as far as making many films.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an interesting story. I saw it many years ago and wanted a copy for my collection. It's well acted, although I don't recall seeing any of the actors appear in future works.Published on October 9, 2012 by Robert Jackson
This is a great movie. I really hope that this is one that is released on DVD in the future.Published on November 7, 2011 by Tusshar
WENDALL BURTON (a Texas born actor) FROM THE MOVIE;( The sterile cuckcoo),oposite Liza Manelli
Gives a tour de force performace as, SMITTY a young man turned in by his father... Read more
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